Ukraine has joined the European power grid, decoupling its own grid from Russia. This will help the besieged country keep the juice flowing and prevent Russian sabotage from taking down their power.
The US will work with Slovakia to send more air defense systems to Ukraine. The US Secretary of State says sanctions will only be lifted with the full withdrawal of Russia. Zelenski pleads with Germany and other Western countries to do more to help.
A litany of war crimes and travesties are occurring in Ukraine. Among them, a maternity hospital was attacked:
#NEW: Anatomy of Mariupol maternity hospital attack. Our latest investigation, complete with 3D modelling. With a fantastic team of @LivvyDoherty @GianlucaMezzo @FuninReno @Henrikkp and Tom James https://t.co/3Ow7ShL1hb
— Katie Polglase (@katie_polglase) March 17, 2022
The Council of Europe has expelled Russia. Russia is finding itself increasingly economically and politically isolated from the world.
The war in Ukraine is affecting the delivery of wheat and sunflower oil worldwide. The war could drive up wheat prices by another 8.5%, and climate change could make the situation worse.
Argentina is halting soybean meal and oil exports. Argentina is probably going to raise tariffs and taxes on these crops.
Fertilizer giant Yara is cutting fertilizer production in Italy and France. The output cuts are likely to have a negative impact on global supply.
Lockdowns in China threaten the production and trade of cars and electronics. Volkswagen and Toyota are joining Foxconn in suspending some production.
Cars might become more expensive as a lot of the nickel, palladium, and aluminum we use in our cars comes from Ukraine.
Intel is investing nearly $90 billion in European chip-making.
Cases in the US are relatively flat, but the prevalence of BA.2 is rising. Wastewater readings indicate a rise in cases could be coming:
Wastewater surveillance of Covid is relatively sparse in the US, but 62 (15%) sites have a >1000% increase in viral RNA detected in the past 15-day periodhttps://t.co/bc8crKZDHu pic.twitter.com/aOSmkR9C7E
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) March 15, 2022
4th doses could be coming down the pipeline for older people:
Pfizer to request emergency use authorization for 4th COVID vaccine dose for those 65 and older in the U.S. – WaPo
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) March 15, 2022
A large-scale study shows practically no risk for neurological injury from Bell’s palsy, encephalomyelitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, or transverse myelitis following COVID vaccines, but significant risk for these neurological morbidities from infection with COVID.
The Federal Reserve is likely to start raising interest rates this week as a countermeasure for rising inflation. The Fed is a little behind in taking this action, so we can probably expect serial interest rate rises.
Conflict over freshwater resources has already begun in earnest around the globe, but few people recognize this as a harbinger for even worse conflict in the future:
Breaking: The @pacificinstitut has just released a major update to the Water Conflict Chronology, adding hundreds of new instances of violence over freshwater resources. It is available at https://t.co/9jwQShQNUj.
The new data highlight …
— Peter Gleick 🇺🇸 (@PeterGleick) March 17, 2022
Wisconsin city water grid contaminated, residents will be given bottled water and home water filters as a short-term fix.
Californians are going off-grid to escape blackouts and utility costs. Solar panels and batteries have gotten a lot less expensive, and folks’ desire to be more self-reliant is a growing cultural trend.
A 7.4 magnitude earthquake has hit Japan in the same region as the previous Fukushima disaster. Luckily there was no subsequent tsunami this time. There were scores of injuries and millions lost power.